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How To: Fix the Door Ajar Problem

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by synyster, February 13, 2010.

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  1. BigRondo

    BigRondo USMC 1371 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    That indicates a problem with your airbag system. Count how many times it flashes and do a search for that.
     
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  3. marxy27

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    Wiring Diagram for 2004 Ford Explorer?

    Is the 2003 Wiring Diagram the same for the 2004 Ford Explorers? Once the weather warms up, I plan on tearing into it. Would appreciate any help!
     
  4. BigRondo

    BigRondo USMC 1371 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    What symptoms are you experiencing?
     
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    Just did the WD40 thing. Worked for me.
     
  6. 1oldguy72

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    I have not seen where anyone had only the audio alarm going off. When I start my 2000 explorer the audio alarm will beep 5 times, 5 times in a row. It's driving me nuts! 15-20 min. later it will go off again! The same series of five beeps-5 times. The door ajar light is NOT on. I'll check for the broken wire I guess unless someone has a better idea.
     
  7. JayHeath123

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    I was experiencing the same issues with my 02. The double beep when I armed it, my drivers side puddle light was much dimmer than the passenger side and when I would use the rear defrost the door ajar light would come on. Thinking it was a bulb I went ahead and replaced both puddle light bulbs still got the double beep and the next morning the battery was dead. I removed the bulb on the drivers side and was only getting a single beep but still the door ajar light when I would attempt to use the rear defrogger. Once it warms up some and isn't raining"because it always rains on my days off" I will attempt what has been written here. Thanks for the advice in advance.
     
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    So I put in a new door ajar switch in drivers side door sprayed every lock with wd40 and still have door ajar light and my power door locks will unlock but won't lock. Going nuts here, right now I have back hatch torn apart trying to find bad wires all my power windows work fine.
     
  9. nick1982

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    Door chime and dome light issues

    I have an 02 explorer sport and I have a weird problem, the dome light only turns on when I open the passenger door, not the driver door, I took the door apart and found that the door switch was actually broken, and the wire connector was hanging in the door, I bought a new door switch and replaced and it still does not work when I open the drivers door. Also the door chime works when it wants too, it never sounds if I leave keys in ignition and open the door, or leave the headlights on, any other guesses as to what it could be? someone said the GEM, but I have no other issues, would a broken wire cause the chime not to work properly?
     
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    I am new to this forum as well. I am experiencing the same "door ajar" issues. I had this problem in the past, but it eventually took care of itself. Now, my alarm is also going off in the night...every hour to the minute. Possessed?!? Perhaps...however, I will give the WD40 a try and hopefully it will cure the beast!

    Thanks to all of you for your input and for helping me understand alternatives to repair this crazy issue.
     
  11. Reprise

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    Got mine fixed last weekend with a new driver's door switch. Decided to tackle it while putting in my new speakers and while I was at it, to check the rest of the window regulators to see if any others were going to go soon (I had to replace the driver's rear a few weeks ago). Checked the rubber boot in the door; wiring looked intact.

    Decided to try the driver's door first, since it opens the most. First shop gave me the wrong part; after I got the right one, put it in...and.. voila! NO MORE 'Door Ajar'. No more incessant chiming as soon as I put the key in or shut off the engine. No more interior / puddle lamps on for 10min or so after starting and driving, unless I shut them completely off. Oh, hello retained accessory power for radio and windows. Hello single beep when any door is opened. Hey, that's autolock engaging when I start moving! (since turned off :)

    It's a beautiful thing to get rid of that light and all that it does / disables when it's constantly on. Took a drive in her afterward with the new speaks in, and was smiling from ear to ear.

    Only a couple of lights left - ABS, air bag (I've got a code 33), and the check engine light (was giving me the DPFE code; I've replaced, but light is still on a couple of weeks later.

    Slowly but surely, I'm making her respectable again. But I think I'm hearing the rear wheel bearings now... ::shudder:: And I'm thinking I'm going to have to replace the solenoid pack in the tranny.
     
  12. DraganTine

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    Tricks & Tips

    This is a trick I learned from trying to repair tiny tiny gauge computer wires :

    Use a lighter to just quickly melt the insulation of the end of the wire your trying to strip just the 1/2 to inch or so.. then let it cool for a second while still warm / melted and with your tips of your fingers grip it so your nails bite in the insulation and quickly pull it off...

    I had to do this on some scrap wire before I got the hang of it down - This will prevent you damaging any of the wire further down and if it is as it was in my case close quarters and don't have much room to strip an wire and cant get a wire stripper tool in where you need too...or the wire is so thin you just rip the wire and insulation instead of just removing the insulation...

    Just don't :fire: burn your fingers off ....

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  13. D Hook

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    Got time to dig into the boot and found two broken wires; one was the thick black wire that prevented windows from working properly and the other was a small one that controlled the mirrors. Now they're all working again.

    One issue I had during the repair was how to keep the boot out of the way. I ended up pulling the boot out of the body and pushing it into the door completely (after untaping the door side of the boot) so it was completely out of the way during the repair. The rubber is soft enough to go through the holes on the door and then slide down inside the door to keep it away from the wiring you're trying to repair. Take the speaker out and you can do a butt connector on the wires by pulling them into the speaker hole. Had to do that because the break left very little wire coming out of the door. It also allowed me to use a conventional wire stripper. But I had a spark coming off the black wire exiting the body when it accidently brushed against the body of the car. Not sure why, since I didn't have the key on. But I did leave the battery connected. No blown fuse on anything as it was very brief; just enough to get my attention.

    Got them both fixed, tested and all is good.
     
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    Nice job on the fix, and thanks for the update. :biggthump
     
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    pictures

    Any chance you can post pictures again?
     
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    Same Problem

    Hey all. I have the same problem. My door ajar light is on, but no interior lights are lit. All door are closed and locked, but the dash light stays lit. Any advice would be great!
     
  18. SeekerFor

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    Brake lights stay on

    This just started. The brakes lights stay on. Tried pulling different fuses, no luck. Any ideas. 2003 Ford Explorer V8 Eddie Bower Limited Edition

    Repaired the broken wires in the door a while back.
     
  19. JusFlako

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    I am having this issue as well. The "DOOR AJAR" sings goes off 1,000 times while driving, its really annoying..

    It all started when liftgate glass stop opening by remote or the button by the license plate. I disconnected both of the switches from the trunk under the panel but it still is going off.


    What could that be, the black wire?
     
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    Definitely...I replaced the door sensor on my driver's door while I had it open since it seemed to be all "gummy". BUT, I found the infamous broken black wire in the door hinge. I tested all the wiring in the door, but my light is still on. I fear I only fixed part of the problem, now to see what's next!
     
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    I did the WD40 thing, it worked for a day. My wife said the car ding started to go off today, but NO "door ajar" sign.

    Does anyone know or have a pic of how these door sensors look like?
     

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